New Delhi, Oct 26: The Supreme Court on Friday will decide whether Panchamrit should be offered to the Shivling at the Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain or not. If the court order is in favour of Panchamrit offering then it should quantify the same.

The court formed a committee of experts that visited the Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain recently. The committee has recommended restricting certain offerings by devotees to save the Shivling.

A body of intellectuals, Ujjaini Vidwat Parishad, started the debate over the Shivling saying it has shrunk due to excessive “bhaang shingar” (offering of bhaang) and panchamrit (milk, curd, honey, sugar and ghee).

According to reports, the expert committee, consisting of officials of Archaeological Survey of India and Geological Survey of India, have said that bhaang offering is not the reason of shrinking of the Shivling. The panel has, however, recommended that restrictions be imposed on the number of devotees in the sanctum sanctorum of the temple.

The panel has also recommended that the offerings be restricted to only those made by the priests. The panel has said that the quantity of gangajal and panchamrit offered to the Shivling should also be brought down.